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Agricultural Science

Award Type: Associate in Science

The Agricultural Science Program is designed for students preparing for, or advancing in careers in agricultural sciences. The program will prepare students to meet the selection criteria for transfer to university agricultural science programs. It will provide students with diverse academic preparation for career opportunities such as pest management, agronomy, plant science, animal science, environmental horticulture, soil science, orchard/vineyard management, agriculture sales and marketing, farm management, greenhouse and nursery operations, agricultural inspection, crop advising, agriculture education, and agriculture communication. Students will gain practical skills in effective communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and leadership through hands-on learning and field trips to local agricultural operations. This program will adequately prepare students to transfer for further study in many agricultural science fields including: Agricultural Science, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Communication, Soil Science, Fruit Science, Vegetable Science, Animal Science,or Sustainable Agriculture. See a counselor for specific university program requirements.

The graduate of the Associate in Science in Agricultural Science will:

  • apply current agricultural industry standards, laws and regulations in the agricultural sciences or related fields.
  • demonstrate knowledge of soils, fertilizers, plant nutrition, and current industry growing techniques and apply this understanding to successfully produce agricultural crops.
  • identify common insect and disease pests and use knowledge of pest life cycles to recommend pest prevention and management plans.
  • employ effective business skills using industry analysis, market trends, business plans and other standard agribusiness techniques, when presented with a farm or ranch management situation.
  • assess and differentiate effects of agricultural activities in plant and cropping systems, while describing alternative practices in order to make sound agricultural decisions that ensure the quality and success of a crop.
  • demonstrate an understanding of crop plant biological functions and their application to successful commodity production.
  • demonstrate basic worker safety practices.

Program Requirements

A major of 21 units is required for the associate in science degree.

Required core courses 21 units

Course Number Course Title Units
AG 125 Introduction to Soil Science 4.000 - 0.000 units
AG 152 Introduction to Animal Science 3.000 - 0.000 units
AG 157 Agricultural Sales, Communication & Leadership 3.000 - 0.000 units
AG 158 Agricultural Economics 3.000 - 0.000 units
AG 161 Introduction to Plant Science 4.000 - 0.000 units
CHEM 120 Introductory Chemistry 4.000 - 0.000 units

General Education Requirements

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